Rumors of an Earth-shattering asteroid impact scheduled for September are blown off course by NASA applying science to the fear-mongering.
This isn't just a Millennium Falcon coffee table. It's an entire chase scene from "The Empire Strikes Back."
Experiments have demonstrated that it's possible to de-spin and redirect asteroids with high-powered lasers.
NASA has a bold new plan to steal a boulder from an asteroid and bring it back for orbit around the moon, to help test an Earth-defense system.
The space agency has just announced plans to fly to an asteroid, snag a boulder, fly back toward Earth and put the rock in orbit around the moon. Because science.
For the first time, astronomers have captured images of a rare type of asteroid that rotates so quickly it literally cracks itself up.
When asteroid 2004 BL86 passed near Earth on January 26, it wasn't alone. A small moon came along for the ride.
You don't have to duck, but a good-sized asteroid will make a fairly close flyby of Earth at the end of the month.
Vesta, an asteroid the size of Arizona, gets its own geologic map showing its history of meteorite impact craters over its billions of years of existence.
NASA's Dawn Mission got a good look at Vesta, one of the biggest asteroids in our solar system, generating cool maps and unusual images along the way.